EYEGLASSES MAKE A FASHION STATEMENT

According to the Vision Council of America, approximately 75 percent of adults wear some sort of vision correction. People wear eyeglasses for different reasons. Some people are nearsighted and cannot see objects far away, while other people are farsighted and cannot see objects close by. Eyeglasses offer corrective vision for people who have difficulty seeing.

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It is that most wonderful time of the year—no, we are not talking about Christmas. It’s Medicare’s Annual Enrollment Season. Yes, it’s the time of the year when we stress and spend hours on the phone or online shopping for health coverage. The pain of having to shop health coverage, spend hours on the phone or online with one company vs another for our health insurance can be a daunting task. It does not matter if you are on Medicare or looking for your personal insurance, this can be one of the most….

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DO YOU HAVE 20/20 VISION

When you consider what defines healthy eyes, among the criteria is good vision. The American Optometric Association says the term 20/20 vision is used to express normal visual acuity (the clarity or sharpness of vision) measured at a distance of 20 feet. If you have 20/20 vision, you can see clearly at 20 feet what should normally be seen at that distance. Visual acuity is usually measured with a Snellen chart. It’s likely everyone has seen the Snellen chart – usually starting with a huge “E,” .....

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so he or she is licensed to practice medicine and surgery. Ophthalmologists can also prescribe and fit glasses to correct vision problems, and some are even involved in scientific research related to the causes of and cures for eye diseases and vision disorders. The American Academy of Ophthalmology says there are subspecialty areas within the occupation, such as glaucoma, retina, cornea, pediatrics, neurology and plastic surgery, that require additional in-depth training.


Opticians and ophthalmolo-gists often work together to meet a patient’s eye care and eyewear needs. Whether you choose to schedule an appointment with an optician or an ophthalmologist, it is important to prepare for your eye exam. The eye care professional will probably ask you about your per- sonal and family health history. Be ready to talk about any vision trou- bles you’re having. Diseases that affect your vision are often hard to detect at first, so don’t skip hav- ing regular vision exams. Prevent Blindness America recommends if you are between ages 20 and 39 years and African American, have a complete eye exam every two to four years. If you are between those ages and Caucasian, have a complete eye exam every three to five years. If you are between ages 40 and 64 years, regardless of race, have a complete eye exam every two to four years. Individuals

Both opticians and ophthalmologists play a pivotal role in helping you keep your eyes healthy. If you’re not sure how the specialties differ, you’re not alone. The National Consumers’ League conducted a survey that revealed about 30 percent of consumers nationwide don’t know the difference between the two professions.


An optician is a specialist who fits glasses and makes lenses to correct vision problems, using prescriptions provided by optometrists or ophthalmologists. Opticians cannot test vision or write prescriptions on their own. The Opticians Association of America says opticians can dispense colored and specialty lenses for particular needs, as well as low-vision aids and artificial eyes. The optician can help you select frames and lenses. The job outlook for opticians is good, as the U.S. Department of Labor predicted employment of opticians is expected to grow by 29 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. A growth in the senior population contributes to an increased need for eye care.


An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor who has expertise in everything related to eye care, such as diagnosis, management and surgery of ocular diseases and disorders. The American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus says an ophthalmologist has completed college and at least eight years of additional medical training,

OPTICIANS AND OPHTHALMOLOGISTS: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

JAMIE LOBER

Jamie Lober is a Staff Writer for Health & Wellness Magazine

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Individuals over age 65 years should have a complete eye exam every one to two years. Prevent Blindness America also says people with risks such as diabetes, previous eye trauma, or family history of glaucoma may need more frequent eye exams.


Prevention is always the best medicine. The National Eye Institute recommends taking preventive measures to save your sight. These include wearing protective eyewear and quitting smoking or not starting. Be sure to wear sunglasses when outside. At work, give your eyes a break from the computer every 20 minutes to prevent eye strain and practice workplace eye safety. Clean your contact lenses properly.